Thursday, March 8, 2018

Psychological Terror in the World of "Jumanji"

Before I go any further, I must warn that there will be SPOILERS regarding Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in this article.  I watched it for the first time last night with my kids and, after thinking about it for a while (yes, I had deep thought regarding what could be labeled a "Kids" movie), the ending really bothered me.  Not because it was cheap, bad or lazy, like most "Kids" movies are.  It truly bothered me.  Remeber those SPOILERS I talked about earlier?  Well, here they come.  Last chance.......

Monday, January 30, 2017

Blu-ray Review: Poltergeist III

In my interview with David Furtney, I mention the rule of three.  The rule can also pertain to most third films in a franchise.  Sometimes it goes really good.  Dream Warriors will always be the shining example of this.  Sometimes it can go really bad.  Godfather Part III anyone?  And sometimes, you get a third in a franchise where the filmmakers and even the fans aren't sure what to think exactly.  Those films rarely get their proper due.  Poltergeist III is one of those films.  And now, like many others before it, Scream Factory is releasing it on a gorgeous collector's edition Blu-ray.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Interview with's David Furtney!

There is something about the number three.  Three strikes and you're out, third time's the charm, etc.  Also, the warning that "death comes in threes".  This expression couldn't ring more true than for the Poltergeist film franchise.  From the tragic murder of Dominique Dunne shortly after the release of the first film, Julian Beck's haunting final performance as Reverend Kane in Poltergeist II and the heartbreaking (and even sadder, unnecessary) death of Heather O'Rourke that overshadowed the third and final film.  An air of mystery has always hung grimly over this franchise.  For years, David Furtney has attempted to shed some light on the darkness that has blanketed what happened behind the scenes of P3, both during production and how Miss O'Rourke's death was handled during post-production.  Through years of research, phone calls and e-mails, Furtney has gathered a wealth of knowledge regarding these movies, rivaling that of people directly involved with the making of them.  He used this information to create what can only be called THE quintessential website for fans and noobs alike,

Monday, December 19, 2016

An Open, Unapologetic Love Letter to "Scream"

"Movies don't create psychos.  Movies make psychos more creative."
--Billy Loomis

On December 20, 1996, Dimension Films released Scream.  Written by a then unknown Kevin Williamson and directed by genre master Wes Craven, this little horror film that could broke box office records and continues to be widely considered as one of the all-time greatest horror movies.  But most of you reading this already know that.  If you didn’t, stop reading this now and go watch Still Screaming.  I’m not here to talk about the behind the scenes or offer trivia that you might not have otherwise known.  You can find that anywhere.  What I want to do here is get naked.  Not really naked. But transparent.  I want to tell you what this franchise, but more particularly, the first film, has meant to me on a personal level.